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Asian-Pacific Film Festival kicks off

Asian-Pacific Film Festival kicks off

Asian-Pacific Film Festival kicked off this week to a devoted audience eager to experience foreign films. The festival was delayed by a day following protests in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

Hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute, the festival began on September 16 with Malaikat Tanpa Sayap (An Angel without Wings) from Indonesia and Gurrumul from Australia. Organized by representative country’s embassies in Ethiopia, 11 feature length films from New Zealand, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Iran, China, India, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh are part of the ongoing festival.

The Iranian film ‘Where are my shoes?’ presented by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran told the story of Habib Kaveh, an elderly man struggling with Alzheimer’s and the return of his estranged daughter to change the rest of his short life.  The talented Reza Kianian played the protagonist, giving an emotional and highly moving performance.

‘Miss Granny’, presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is a whimsical tale of 76-year-old Oh Mal-Soon as she magically regains her youth and goes on trailblazing adventure. This beautifully shot comedic film shows her joining a metal band, going on dates and making friends with her grandson.

The Japanese anime film Children who Chase Lost Voices, created and directed by Makoto Shinkai is a coming of age story of a young girl who is led into a mysterious other world through her father’s crystal radio.

The nine-day long festival will end on Sunday September 23.